Empty California Double Case


This U.S. style of case has a right hand (caps) bay with two short rows and four tall rows, and is shown in the U.K. by Cefmor: Printers Equipment and Sundries (1955). Note that in the lower case central bay, a normal English Improved Double does not have the divided box above the i box. The case also differs from the more usual California Job and California Job cases, which have a caps bay with one short row, three tall rows, and one short row, as shown by Atkins: Art & Practice of Printing (1932), Whetton: Practical Printing & Binding (1946 and still in 1965), Hostettler: The Printer's Terms (1949 and still in 1963), Stephenson Blake & Co: Printing Equipment (1960s) and in the U.S. for example by Henry: Printing for School and Shop (1917), Hamilton Manufacturing Co: Catalog (1922 and 1930), Polk: The Practice of Printing (1926, 1937 and rev ed 1964), Thompson Cabinet Co: Catalog (1949), Polk & Gage: A Composition Manual (1953), Missouri-Central Type Foundry: Price List (1959), and American Printing Equipment & Supply Co (1983).

An earlier U.S. configuration has a right hand bay with one short row, and four tall rows, as shown by Palmer & Rey: New Specimen Book (1884), and Hamilton Manufacturing Co: Catalog (c.1897), both illustrated in Pryor: History of the California Job Type Case (Printing Historical Society Journal 1972), and by the cases in Barnhart Bros & Spindler: Pony Specimen (1893), and American Type Founders: Specimen Book (1906).

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This page was written in 1998 by David Bolton and last updated 9 February 2009.